"Family & History". Michael Messier, the guest on this episode, has spent the last few years exploring his own family genealogy on a global scale. What has developed is a new understanding of the French settlement in New France and its background in Europe. This early French history has had more impact on Vermont than many historians have acknowledged. Michael and his family are in the midst of this massive web of history. This exploration French history in America leads into the history of Rutland before the English occupation.